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My submitted question for an interview with Michael Pollan didn't make the cut.

FiredUp: My rejected question for Michael Pollan

I got a message from a writer for Good Reads, the social site about books, about a month ago, asking me to come up with a question for Michael Pollan. Good Reads was doing an interview with him including reader-submitted questions to coincide with his new book coming out—Cooked is the name of it. I was selected because I’d given five stars to one of Pollan’s previous books. The question didn’t have to be about the new book—just whatever we wanted to ask.

I was happy to do so. And perhaps it came out too long, but I thought it was an important question. Here’s what I sent back:

Here’s my question for Michael Pollan:

I want to first thank you, as your writing significantly influenced my career path: When I was trying to figure out how I could continue my career as a journalist if I followed my desire to move back to my rural home place, your writing showed that there was important journalism to be done in and about rural places. I am now editor of a regional magazine about rural issues.

My question: What do you think about USDA Secretary Vilsack’s recent comments about the decreasing relevance of rural places in the national conversation…)? Our food supply is of course still coming from rural places, and I think (in part thanks to your books) we are now talking about where our food comes from more, but apparently there is still a disconnect somewhere.

I watched for the interview when it was published—and of course, my questions wasn’t included. I can see why. It didn’t fit, really, in all the cooking and diet talk.

But I can’t help but feel a little put out that even in this context, rural wasn’t relevant.

I will try to look at the upside: Those of us working for the revitalization of rural places apparently have job security. We’re going to be at this for a while.


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